bbutter dip

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A Dip That's Worth Taking a Break from Hummus For
Rich yet virtuous, this healthy reinvention of chocolate-hazelnut butter is perfectly packable (just put it in a small container with a lid) and ready for dipping; apple slices and pretzel sticks pair especially well. The surprise ingredient: black beans, which are loaded with protein.

Get the recipe: BBtella (Healthy Nutella) Spread
curry lime cashews

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The Handful of Sweet, Spiced Goodness
We know that nuts are an ideal between-meal food, packed with protein, as well as healthy monosaturated fats and fiber. And while it's easy to overdo it (a serving size is a modest one ounce), if you roast your own, you can season to the hilt, so it only takes a small amount to make you feel satisfied. This easy recipe for curry and lime cashews takes about five minutes to prepare, and bursts with Southeast Asian flavor.

Get the recipe: Curry and Lime Cashews
stuffed dates

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The Date That Goes Wherever You Want It To
Sometimes, the simplest treats are the tastiest ones. That's the case with this three-bite, no-recipe-needed pick-me-up you can make ahead and stash in a plastic bag: pitted dates stuffed with nut butter. The dried fruit is sweet and the nut butter satiates, so you won't be hungry 20 minutes after snacking. The butter's slightly salty flavor is a nice match for the date's sweetness, too.
almond chocolate bars

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The No-Bake Brownie
The chock-full-of-nutrition ingredients list—which includes coconut oil, almond butter, almonds, walnuts, dark chocolate, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, goji berries and oats—is one reason we love these brownielike bars. The fact that you don't even need to bake them is an added bonus.

Get the recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Almond Bars

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The Salted-Nuts Alternative
Roasted chickpeas have less fat than nuts, but can still fulfill your salt cravings—and fill you up, too. You can flavor them with any spice you like; this recipe calls for smoked paprika and onion powder, but we also like cinnamon and sugar or cumin, chili and cayenne.

Get the recipe: Smoky Paprika-Baked Garbanzo Beans

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A Candylike Treat That's Surprisingly Good for You
Energy bites are a superb, healthy and filling snack—and even more so when they include protein-rich quinoa. You can make a batch by simply mixing together the cooked seed, as well as oats, peanut butter and whatever other additions you're in the mood for, from dried fruit to coconut to mini chocolate chips. Form the sticky mixture into balls, refrigerate and enjoy—without a sugar crash.

Get the recipe: Quinoa-Peanut Butter Energy Bites